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Old 11-12-15, 04:58 AM
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The best commuter backpack

Can you recommend me a commuter backpack with a minimalistic design. Found a few brands:

* velotton
* topodesigns
* sandqvist
* braasi
* restrap
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Old 11-12-15, 07:02 AM
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It's better if you post what factors are important to you. 'Minimalist' is a very vague descriptor. Better yet, post a few specific models, not just brand. No one is going to go search out 'minimalist' backpacks for you on here. That's your job! Good luck, though.
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Old 11-12-15, 08:13 AM
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If you need to carry clothing, this one is awesome.

I switched to the Timbuk2 Aviator backpack, and it was life changing. One of the unique features is that it zips open like suitcase (see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhZ2Yu_zstM). It's really great when your commuting payload increases due to bulky winter clothing. It lists for $189, although I found it on sale at Amazon for $125. Honestly, it one of the best commuting purchases I've ever made.
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I love my Timbuk2 Swig. I got a customized version with a giant patch of reflectorized material as part of the main "flap" -- that is a major help to being seen at night. But even without that, it is a great commuting backpack.
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I got two backpacks on eBay for $6 each.

One is a lightweight casino give-away for easy days (book, lunch, etc,) and the other is a winter camo tactical for when I tote my laptop (that one retailed for about $100!).

Better than trying to find the perfect one, and you can't the prices...
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Originally Posted by Hub Spanner View Post
I love my Timbuk2 Swig. I got a customized version with a giant patch of reflectorized material as part of the main "flap" -- that is a major help to being seen at night. But even without that, it is a great commuting backpack.
I have a Swig and I love it.
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Old 11-12-15, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by iamno View Post
Can you recommend me a commuter backpack with a minimalistic design. Found a few brands:

* velotton
* topodesigns
* sandqvist
* braasi
* restrap
Mission workshop:

Weatherproof rucksacks, modular field packs, hydration packs, and expandable backpacks made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.

I have a VX Sanction AP.

Minimalist, durable, fully waterproof, very lightweight
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Old 11-13-15, 03:39 AM
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Chrome backpacks last forever and come with a lifetime warranty anyways. Bonus is they are weatherproof and getting them used on ebay is cheap. I would skip the messenger style bags entirely and go right for backpacks if carrying more than a nominal weight regularly.
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Old 11-13-15, 08:37 AM
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I like the endura 25L backpack I use. I don't know if it's the 'best', but it's pretty comfortable and holds quite a bit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdIiF-1jSmM
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I have a Osprey Momentum 34. Excellent pack with a sleeve for a laptop if you need it. Also includes a waterproof cover. Lifetime warranty.
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Old 11-13-15, 09:20 AM
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Velotransit.
Waterproof Laptop,Cycling backpack & Panniers


I've the Edge 40 quite a number of years now. I used it for many years commuting (200km+/day) on my motorcycle through all sorts of weather to carry my laptop to/from the office.
Fully waterproof inside roll-top. I had the owner customize the water bottle holders to carry my coffee mugs (I believe it's now a standard offering from him). You can select the frame size independent of the pack based on your body size.

I would not hesitate to buy another.

// Edit: I don't understand the minimalist comment.

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Old 11-13-15, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by boobymcgoo View Post
I switched to the Timbuk2 Aviator backpack, and it was life changing. One of the unique features is that it zips open like suitcase (see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhZ2Yu_zstM). It's really great when your commuting payload increases due to bulky winter clothing. It lists for $189, although I found it on sale at Amazon for $125. Honestly, it one of the best commuting purchases I've ever made.
My gosh that thing is HUGE!!! I like how the straps can stow away, though. Neat feature.

The best backpack is none at all. Sweaty back FTL. Trunk bag and panniers FTW.

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Old 11-13-15, 10:10 AM
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12 Posts, 10 recommendations. Sounds about right. Not sure how useful that is. I've had about four backpacks in 15 years. The one I'm using now is by Under Armour. It's a backpack. It works. O.p. get a backpack.
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Old 11-13-15, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
12 Posts, 10 recommendations. Sounds about right. Not sure how useful that is. I've had about four backpacks in 15 years. The one I'm using now is by Under Armour. It's a backpack. It works. O.p. get a backpack.
It's a forum. People ask for recommendations on forums. Other people give answers based on their experiences and what they use. That's how forums work.

If you don't like seeing different recommendations, then why even read the threads? Why even get on BikeForums at all?
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Old 11-13-15, 11:53 AM
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It's a forum. People ask for recommendations on forums. Other people give answers based on their experiences and what they use. That's how forums work.

If you don't like seeing different recommendations, then why even read the threads? Why even get on BikeForums at all?
You're absolutely right Patrick. I'm so out of here. Forever! Happy? You're going to miss me when I'm gone...
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There is One Klick Fix DE sells .. with a recessed clip inset in the back of the Pack,
It hooks over their bar bag mount bracket, that can also be Mounted on the seat Post.
then You just wear the backpack when You are Not Riding the Bike ..

Since those brands are mostly Not North American, OP must be in Latvia Or someplace ..

exception.. Topodesigns is in Colorado (Never hear of them)

Velotton is in Russia, Brassi is Czech, the other links DNF.

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